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been appointed to the love of the highest jobs in the workers party, another sign he is being groomed to take over for his father. i correspondent filed this report from neighboring south korea. >> hundreds of delegates in largely identical suits headed to the party convention. hundreds of others passed along the vast, empty boulevard. propaganda, as i have your tomorrow, which would not be difficult. -- promised a happier tomorrow, which would not be difficult. they tried to stabilize at north korea's unpredictable politics. >> state television announced the rise of the third generation. his youngest son in his mid-20s, has been made at general. his main qualification for being air apparent -- he was educated in switzerland, and therefore must understand the blast. -- the west. her husband is thought to be the real power behind the throne. covering north korea is a family business. it started in 1945 with the founding of the state by "the great leader," kim il-sung. kim jong-il is called "the der leader." and now his son will take the soap opera into a third generation. he is known o
leaders of north korea has ever known. kim jong-il had a very long and public grooming for power, seen as the only possible successor for his godlike father. the leadership cold could easily pass at you another generation -- cult could easily pass to another generation. the talk is once again of succession, but this time it needs to be organized in more haste. and with the added problem, many suggest, that none of his three known as suns appear to be promising leaders. the first, kim jong nam, was at once caught trying to enter japan with a false passport, trying to visit tokyo's disneyland. the second son, kim jong chul, is reportedly considered too thin and then by his father. that leaves the third son, perhaps soon to be in charge of a fledgling nuclear power. political successions in totalitarian states are always fraught with difficulty, and kim jong-un is a complete political novice. he may be his father's chosen successor, but the other power elites in north korea might be a different matter. bbc news, seoul. >> the head of the vatican bank is under investigation for suspicion o
. his days are limited and he has to push this issue very fast. regardless of whether he is well groomed or ready. that's the reason they need a regent. >> warner: barbara, is there no rival power center? in other words, the fact that the son was given military appointments? does that mean the military is behind this and the elites are behind this? >> i hate to say this on television but i don't know. >> warner: that's very refreshing. >> i don't think we know. is there an internal power struggle? very possibly. yes. if i were in the military, i don't know that i would be so happy about a 27-year-old leader-son. >> warner: you've done a lot of reporting based on north korean sectors. it's fair to say if he takes over any time soon he's going to inherit a country in far worse shape than his father inherited? >> the country was in bad shape when his father inherited it. but the leadership was still in good shape. people really loved kim il song, even defectors i talked to have reverence for him. kim jong il has never been that popular. years now of famine and deprivation, people, i don't t
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